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al-Imran (The Family of Imran, The House of Imran)
as rendered by N J Dawood (draft)

N J Dawood (draft) rendition of Surah The Family of Imran, The House of Imran(al-Imran)
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3:1 Alif Lam Mim.
3:2 God! There is no god but Him, the Living, the Ever–existent One.
3:3 He has revealed to you the Book with the Truth, confirming the scriptures which preceded it; for He has already revealed the Torah and the Gospel
3:4 for the guidance of mankind, and the distinction between right and wrong. Those that deny God's revelations shall be sternly punished; God is mighty and capable of revenge.
3:5 Nothing on earth or in heaven is hidden from God.
3:6 It is He who shapes your bodies in your mothers' wombs as He pleases. There is no god but Him, the Mighty, the Wise One.
3:7 It is He who has revealed to you the Book. Some of its verses are precise in meaning they are the foundation of the Book –– and others ambiguous. Those whose hearts are infected with disbelief observe the ambiguous part, so as to create dissension by seeking to explain it. But no one knows its meaning except God. Those who are well–grounded in knowledge say: 'We believe in it: it is all from our Lord. But only the wise take heed.
3:8 Lord, do not cause our hearts to go astray after You have guided us. Grant us mercy through Your own grace; You are the munificent Giver Lord,
3:9 You will surely gather all mankind upon a day that will indubitably come. God will not break His promise.'
3:10 As for the unbelievers, neither their riches nor their children will in the least save them from God's wrath. They shall become the fuel of the Fire.
3:11 They are like Pharaoh's people and those before them; they denied Our revelations, and God smote them in their sin. God is stern in retribution.
3:12 Say to the unbelievers: 'You shall be overthrown and driven into Hell –– an evil resting–place!'
3:13 Indeed, there was a sign for you in the two armies which met on the battlefield. One was fighting for the cause of God, the other being a host of unbelievers. The faithful saw with their very eyes that they were twice their own number. But God strengthens with His aid whom He will. Surely in that there was a lesson for the discerning.
3:14 Men are tempted by the lure of women and offspring, of hoarded treasures of gold and silver, of splendid horses, cattle, and plantations. These are the enjoyments of this life, but far better is the return to God.
3:15 Say: 'Shall I tell you of better things than these, with which the righteous shall be rewarded by their Lord? Gardens watered by running streams, where they shall dwell for ever: spouses of perfect chastity: and grace from God.' God is watching His servants,
3:16 those who say: 'Lord, we believe in You: forgive us our sins and keep us from the torment of the Fire';
3:17 who are steadfast, sincere, obedient, and charitable; and who implore forgiveness at break of day.
3:18 God bears witness that there is no god but Him, and so do the angels and the sages. He is the Executor of Justice, the Only God; the Mighty, the Wise One.
3:19 The only true faith in God's sight is Islam. Those to whom the Scriptures were given disagreed among themselves, through insolence, only after knowledge had been vouchsafed them. He that denies God's revelations should know that swift is God's reckoning.
3:20 If they argue with you, say: 'I have submitted to God and so have those that follow me. To those who were given the Scriptures and to the Gentiles say: 'Will you submit to God?' If they become Muslims they shall be rightly guided; if they pay no heed, then your only duty is to warn them. God is watching all His servants.
3:21 Those that deny God's revelations and slay the prophets unjustly and kill the men who preach fair dealing warn them of a woeful scourge.
3:22 Their works shall come to nothing in this world and in the world to come, and there shall be none to help them.
3:23 Do but consider those who have received a portion of the Scriptures. When they are called on to accept the judgement of God's Book, some turn their backs and pay no heed.
3:24 For they declare: 'We shall endure the Fire for a few days only.' In their religion they are deceived by their own lies.
3:25 What will they do when We gather them all together upon a day which is sure to come, when every soul will be given what it has earned with no injustice?
3:26 Say: 'Lord, Sovereign of all sovereignty, You bestow sovereignty on whom You will and take it away from whom You please; You exalt whomever You will and abase whomever You please. In Your hand lies all that is good; You have power over all things.
3:27 You cause the night to pass into the day, and the day to pass into the night; You bring forth the living from the dead and You bring forth the dead from the living. You give without stint to whom You will.'
3:28 Let not believers make friends with infidels in preference to the faithful. He that does this has nothing to hope for from God –– except in self–defence. God admonishes you to fear Him: for to God shall all return.
3:29 Say: 'Whether you hide what is in your hearts or reveal it, it is known to God. He knows all that the heavens and the earth contain; God has power over all things.'
3:30 The day will surely come when each soul will be confronted with whatever good it did. As for its evil deeds, it will wish they were a long way off God admonishes you to fear Him. God is compassionate towards His servants.
3:31 Say: 'If you love God, follow me. God will love you and forgive you your sins. God is forgiving and merciful.'
3:32 Say: 'Obey God and the Apostle.' If they pay no heed, then, surely, God does not love the unbelievers.
3:33 God exalted Adam and Noah, Abraham's descendants and the descendants of Imran[1] above the nations.
3:34 They were the offspring of one another. God hears all and knows all.
3:35 Lord,' she said, 'I dedicate to Your service that which is in my womb. Accept it from me. You alone hear all and know all.'
3:36 And when she was delivered of the child, she said: 'Lord, I have given birth to a daughter' –– God well knew of what she was delivered: the male is not like the female –– and have called her Mary. Protect her and all her descendants from Satan, the Accursed One.
3:37 Her Lord graciously accepted her. He made her grow a goodly child and entrusted her to the care of Zacharias. Whenever Zacharias visited her in the Shrine he found that she had food with her. 'Mary,' he said, 'where is this food from?' It is from God,' she answered. 'God gives without measure to whom He will.'
3:38 Thereupon Zacharias prayed to his Lord, saying: 'Lord, grant me of Your own grace upright descendants. You hear all prayers.'
3:39 And as he stood praying in the Shrine, the angels called out to him, saying: 'God bids you rejoice in the birth of John, who shall confirm the Word of God. He shall be princely and chaste, a prophet and a righteous man.
3:40 Lord,' said Zacharias, 'how shall I have a son when I am now overtaken by old age and my wife is barren?' 'Such is the will of God,' He replied. 'He does what He pleases.'
3:41 Lord,' said he, 'vouchsafe me a sign.' 'For three days and three nights,' He replied, 'you shall not speak to any man except by signs. Remember your Lord always; give glory to Him morning and evening.'
3:42 And remember the angels' words to Mary. They said:[1] 'God has chosen you. He has made you pure and exalted you above womankind.
3:43 Mary, be obedient to your Lord; bow down and worship with the worshippers.'
3:44 This is an account of a divine secret. We reveal it to you.[2] You were not present when they cast lots to see which of them should have charge of Mary; nor were you present when they argued about her.
3:45 The angels said to Mary: 'God bids you rejoice in a Word from Him. His name is the Messiah, Jesus son of Mary. He shall be noble in this world and in the world to come, and shall be one of those who are favoured.
3:46 He shall preach to men in his cradle and in the prime of manhood, and shall lead a righteous life.'
3:47 Lord,' she said, 'how can I bear a child when no man has touched me?' He replied: 'Even thus. God creates whom He will. When He decrees a thing He need only say: "Be," and it is.
3:48 He will instruct him in the Scriptures and in wisdom, in the Torah and in the Gospel,
3:49 and send him forth as an apostle to the Israelites. He will say: "I bring you a sign from your Lord. From clay I will make for you the likeness of a bird. I shall breathe into it and, by God's leave, it shall become a living bird. By God's leave I shall heal the blind man and the leper, and raise the dead to life. I shall tell you what to eat and what to store up in your houses. Surely that will be a sign for you, if you are true believers.
3:50 I come to confirm the Torah which preceded me and to make lawful for you some of the things you are forbidden. I bring you a sign from your Lord: therefore fear God and obey me.
3:51 God is my Lord and your Lord: therefore serve Him. That is a straight path."'
3:52 When Jesus observed that they had no faith, he said: 'Who will help me in the cause of God?' The disciples replied: 'We are God's helpers. We believe in God. Bear witness that we submit to Him.
3:53 Lord, we believe in Your revelations and follow the apostle. Count us among Your witnesses.'
3:54 They contrived, and God contrived. God is the supreme Contriver.
3:55 God said: 'Jesus, I am about to claim you back and lift you up to Me. I shall take you away from the unbelievers and exalt your followers above them till the Day of Resurrection. Then to Me you shall all return and I shall judge your disputes.
3:56 The unbelievers shall be sternly punished in this world and in the world to come: there shall be none to help them.
3:57 As for those that have faith and do good works, they shall be given their reward in full. God does not love the evil–doers.'
3:58 This revelation, and this wise admonition, We recite to you.
3:59 Jesus is like Adam in the sight of God. He created him from dust and then said to him: 'Be,' and he was.
3:60 This is the truth from your Lord: therefore do not doubt it.
3:61 To those that dispute with you concerning him after the knowledge you have received, say: 'Come, let us gather our sons and your sons, our wives and your wives, our people and your people. We will then pray and call down the curse of God on every liar.'
3:62 his is the whole truth. There is no god but God. Surely it is God who is the Mighty, the Wise One.
3:63 If they pay no heed, God knows the evil–doers.
3:64 Say: 'People of the Book, let us come to an agreement: that we will worship none but God, that we will associate none with Him, and that none of us shall set up mortals as deities besides God.' If they turn away, say: 'Bear witness, then, that we submit to God.'
3:65 People of the Book, why do you argue about Abraham when both the Torah and the Gospel were not revealed till after him? Have you no sense?
3:66 Indeed, you have argued about things of which you have some knowledge. Must you now argue about that of which you know nothing at all? God knows, but you know not.
3:67 Abraham was neither Jew nor Christian. He was an upright man, one who submitted to God. He was no idolater.
3:68 Surely the men who are nearest to Abraham are those who follow him, this Prophet, and the true believers. God is the guardian of the faithful.
3:69 Some of the People of the Book wish to mislead you; but they mislead none but themselves, though they may not perceive it.
3:70 People of the Book! Why do you deny God's revelations when you know that they are true?
3:71 People of the Book! Why do you confound the true with the false, and knowingly hide the truth?
3:72 Some of the People of the Book say to one another: 'Believe in that which is revealed to the faithful in the morning and deny it in the evening, so that they may themselves abandon their faith.
3:73 Believe in none except those that follow your own religion.' (Say: 'The only guidance is the guidance of God!') 'Do not believe that anyone will be given the like of that which you were given, or that they will ever dispute with you in your Lord's presence.' Say: 'Grace is in the hands of God: He bestows it on whom He will. God is munificent and all–knowing.
3:74 He is merciful to whom He will. God's grace is infinite.'
3:75 Among the People of the Book there are some who, if you trust them with a heap of gold, will return it to you intact; and there are others who, if you trust them with one dinar, will not hand it back unless you demand it with importunity. For they say: 'We are not bound to keep faith with Gentiles.' Thus they deliberately say of God what is untrue.
3:76 Indeed, those that keep faith and guard themselves against evil know that God loves the righteous.
3:77 Those that sell the covenant of God and their own oaths for a paltry price shall have no share in the world to come. God will neither speak to them, nor look at them, nor purify them on the Day of Resurrection. Woeful punishment awaits them.
3:78 And there are some among them who twist their tongues when quoting the Scriptures, so that you may think it from the Scriptures, whereas it is not from the Scriptures. They say: 'This is from God,' whereas it is not from God. Thus they knowingly ascribe falsehood to God.
3:79 No mortal whom God has given the Scriptures and whom He has endowed with judgement and prophethood would say to men: 'Worship me instead of God.' But rather: 'Be devoted servants of God, for you have taught and studied the Scriptures.'
3:80 Nor would he enjoin you to serve the angels and the prophets as your gods; for would he enjoin you to be unbelievers after you have submitted to God?
3:81 When God made His covenant with the prophets, He said: 'Here are the Scriptures and the wisdom which I have given you. An apostle will come forth to confirm them. Believe in him and help him. Will you affirm this and accept the burden I have laid on you in these terms?' They replied: 'We will affirm it.' 'Then bear witness,' He said, 'and I will bear witness with you.
3:82 He that hereafter rebels is a transgressor.'
3:83 Are they seeking a religion other than God's, when every soul in the heavens and the earth has submitted to Him, willingly or by compulsion? To Him shall they return.
3:84 Say: 'We believe in God and what is revealed to us; in that which was revealed to Abraham and Ishmael, to Isaac and Jacob and the tribes; and in that which their Lord gave Moses and Jesus and the prophets. We discriminate against none of them. To Him we have surrendered ourselves.'
3:85 He that chooses a religion other than Islam, it will not be accepted from him and in the world to come he will surely be among the losers.
3:86 How will God guide those who lapse into unbelief after embracing the Faith and acknowledging the Apostle as true, and after receiving veritable proofs? God does not guide the evil–doers.
3:87 Their reward will be the curse of God, the angels, and all mankind;
3:88 under it they shall abide for ever. Their punishment shall not be mitigated, nor shall they be reprieved;
3:89 except those who afterwards repent and mend their ways, for God is forgiving and merciful.
3:90 But those that recant after accepting the true faith and grow in unbelief, their repentance shall not be accepted. These are the truly erring ones.
3:91 As for those that recant and die unbelievers, no ransom shall be accepted from them: be it as much gold as would fill the entire earth. Woeful punishment awaits them, and none shall help them.
3:92 You shall never be truly righteous until you give in alms what you dearly cherish. The alms you give are known to God.
3:93 All food was lawful to the Israelites except what Israel forbade himself before the Torah was revealed. Say:. 'Bring the Torah and read it, if what you say be true.'
3:94 Those that after this invent falsehoods about God are great transgressors.
3:95 Say: 'God has declared the truth. Follow the faith of Abraham. He was an upright man, no idolater.'
3:96 The first temple ever to be built for mankind was that at Bakkah,[1] a blessed site, a beacon for the nations.
3:97 In it there are veritable signs and the spot where Abraham stood. Whoever enters it is safe. Pilgrimage to the House is a duty to God for all who can make the journey. As for the unbelievers, God can surely do without them.
3:98 Say: 'People of the Book, why do you deny the revelations of God? God bears witness to all your actions.
3:99 Say: 'People of the Book, why do you debar believers from the path of God and seek to make it crooked when you have witnessed all? God is never heedless of what you do.'
3:100 Believers, if you yield to a group from among those who were given the Book, they will turn you back from faith to unbelief.
3:101 But how can you disbelieve when God's revelations are recited to you and His own Apostle is in your midst? He that holds fast to God shall be guided to a straight path.
3:102 Believers, fear God as you rightly should, and when death comes, die true Muslims.
3:103 Cling one and all to the faith of God and let nothing divide you. Remember the favour God has bestowed upon you: how, after your enmity, He united your hearts, so that you are now brothers through His grace; and how He delivered you from the abyss of fire when you stood on the very brink of it. Thus God makes plain to you His revelations, so that you may be rightly guided.
3:104 Let there become of you a community that shall call for righteousness, enjoin justice, and forbid evil. Such men will surely triumph.
3:105 Do not follow the example of those who became divided and opposed to one another after veritable proofs had been given them. Grievous punishment awaits them
3:106 on the day when some faces will be bright with joy and others blackened. The black–faced sinners will be asked: 'Did you recant after embracing the true Faith? Taste then Our scourge, for you were unbelievers!'
3:107 As for those whose faces will be bright, they shall abide for ever in God's mercy.
3:108 Such are God's revelations; We recite them to you in all truth. God desires no injustice to mankind.
3:109 His is all that the heavens and the earth contain. To God shall all things return.
3:110 You are the noblest community ever raised up for mankind. You enjoin justice and forbid evil. You believe in God. Had the People of the Book accepted the Faith, it would surely have been better for them. Some are true believers, but most of them are evil–doers.
3:111 If they harm you, they can cause you but a slight hurt; and if they fight against you they will turn their backs and run away. Then there shall be none to help them.
3:112 Ignominy shall attend them wherever they are found, unless they make a covenant with God or with man. They have incurred the wrath of God and have been utterly humbled: because they disbelieved God's revelations and slew the prophets unjustly; and because they were rebels and transgressors.
3:113 Yet they are not all alike. There are among the People of the Book some upright men who all night long recite the revelations of God and worship Him;
3:114 who believe in God and the Last Day; who enjoin justice and forbid evil and vie with each other in good works. These are righteous men:
3:115 whatever good they do, its reward shall not be denied them. God well knows the righteous.
3:116 As for the unbelievers, neither their riches nor their children shall in the least protect them from God's scourge. They are the heirs of the Fire, and there they shall remain for ever.
3:117 The wealth they spend in this world is like a freezing wind that smites the tillage of men who have wronged themselves, laying it waste. God is not unjust to them. They are unjust to their own souls.
3:118 Believers, do not make friends with any but your own people. Others will spare no pains to corrupt you. They desire nothing but your ruin. Their hatred is evident from what they utter with their mouths, but greater is the hatred which their breasts conceal. We have made plain to you Our revelations. Strive to understand them.
3:119 –– See how you love them and they do not love you. You believe in the entire Book. When they meet you they say: 'We, too, are believers.' But when alone, they bite their finger–tips with rage. Say: 'May you perish in your rage! God has knowledge of your innermost thoughts.'
3:120 When you are blessed with good fortune they grieve: but when evil befalls you they rejoice. If you persevere and guard yourselves against evil, their machinations will never harm you. God has knowledge of all their actions.
3:121 Remember when you[1] left your people at an early hour to lead the faithful to their battle–posts.[2] God heard all and knew all.
3:122 Two of your battalions became faint–hearted, but God was their protector. In God let the faithful put their trust.
3:123 God had already given you victory at Badr when you were helpless. Therefore have fear of God. Perhaps you will give thanks.
3:124 You said to the believers: 'Is it not enough that your Lord should send down three thousand angels to help you?'
3:125 Yes! If you have patience and guard yourselves against evil, God will send to your aid five thousand angels splendidly accoutred, if they suddenly attack you.
3:126 God designed this to be but good news for you, so that your hearts might be comforted (victory comes only from God, the Mighty, the Wise One)
3:127 and that He might cut off the flank of the unbelievers or put them to flight, that they might withdraw utterly defeated.
3:128 It is no concern of yours whether He will forgive or punish them. They are wrongdoers.
3:129 His is all that the heavens and the earth contain. He pardons whom He will and punishes whom He pleases. God is forgiving and merciful.
3:130 Believers, do not live on usury, doubling your wealth many times over. Have fear of God, that you may prosper.
3:131 Guard yourselves against the Fire, prepared for unbelievers.
3:132 Obey God and the Apostle that you may find mercy.
3:133 Vie with each other to earn the forgiveness of your Lord and a Paradise as vast as heaven and earth, prepared for the righteous:
3:134 those who give alms alike in prosperity and in adversity; who curb their anger and forgive their fellow men (God loves the charitable);
3:135 who, if they commit evil or wrong their souls, remember God and seek forgiveness for their sins (for who but God can forgive sin?) and do not knowingly persist in their misdeeds.
3:136 These shall be rewarded with forgiveness from their Lord and with gardens watered by running streams, where they shall dwell for ever. Blessed is the reward of those who do good works.
3:137 Numerous were the cults that came and went before you. Roam the world and see what was the fate of those who disbelieved.
3:138 This is a declaration to mankind: a guide and an admonition to the righteous.
3:139 Take heart and do not despair. Have faith and you shall triumph.
3:140 If you have suffered a defeat, so did the enemy. We alternate these vicissitudes among mankind so that God may know the true believers and choose martyrs from among you (God does not love the evil–doers);
3:141 and that God may test the faithful and annihilate the infidels.
3:142 Did you suppose that you would enter Paradise before God has proved the men who fought for Him and endured with fortitude?
3:143 You used to wish for death before you met it, and now you have seen what it is like.
3:144 Muhammad is no more than an apostle: other apostles have passed away before him. If he die or be slain, will you recant? He that recants will do no harm to God. But God will recompense the thankful.
3:145 No one dies unless God wills. The term of every life is fixed. He that desires the reward of this world shall have it; and he that desires the reward of the life to come shall have it also. We will surely recompense the thankful.
3:146 Many large armies have fought by the side of their prophet. They were never daunted by what befell them on the path of God: they neither weakened nor cringed abjectly. God loves the steadfast.
3:147 Their only words were: 'Lord, forgive us our sins and our excesses; make us firm of foot and give us victory over the unbelievers.'
3:148 Therefore God gave them the reward of this life, and the glorious recompense of the life to come; God loves the righteous.
3:149 Believers, if you yield to the infidels they will drag you back to unbelief and you will return headlong to perdition.
3:150 But God is your protector. He is the best of helpers.
3:151 We will put terror into the hearts of the unbelievers. They serve other deities besides God for whom He has revealed no sanction. The Fire shall be their home; evil indeed is the dwelling of the evil–doers.
3:152 God fulfilled His pledge to you when, by His leave, you defeated them. But afterwards your courage failed you; discord reigned among you and you disobeyed the Apostle after he had brought you within sight of what you wished for. Some chose this world; others chose the world to come. He allowed you to be defeated in order to test you. But now He has forgiven you, for God is gracious to the faithful.
3:153 Remember how you fled in panic while the Apostle at your rear was calling out to you. Therefore He paid you back with sorrow for every vexation. (He has now forgiven you, so that you might not grieve for what you missed or what befell you. God is cognizant of all your actions.)
3:154 Then, after sorrow, He let peace fall upon you –– a sleep which overtook some, while others lay troubled by their own fancies, thinking unjust and foolish thoughts about God. 'Have we any say in the matter?' they ask. Say to them: 'All is in the hands of God.' They conceal in their minds what they do not disclose to you. They complain: 'Had we had any say in the matter, we should not have been slain here.' Say to them: 'Had you stayed in your homes, those of you who were destined to be slain would have gone to their graves nevertheless; for it was God's will to test your faith and courage. God has knowledge of your innermost thoughts.'
3:155 Those of you who ran away on the day the two armies met[1] must have been seduced by Satan on account of some evil they had done. But now God has pardoned them; God is forgiving and gracious.
3:156 Believers, do not follow the example of the infidels, who say of their brothers when they meet death abroad or in battle: 'Had they stayed with us they would not have died, nor would they have been killed.' God will cause them to regret their words. It is God who ordains life and death. God has knowledge of all your actions.
3:157 If you should die or be slain in the cause of God, His forgiveness and His mercy would surely be better than all the riches they amass.
3:158 If you should die or be slain, before God shall you all be gathered.
3:159 It was thanks to God's mercy that you dealt so leniently with them. Had you been cruel or hard–hearted, they would have surely deserted you. Therefore pardon them and implore God to forgive them. Take counsel with them in the conduct of affairs; and when you are resolved, put your trust in God. God loves those that are trustful.
3:160 If God helps you, none can overcome you. If He abandons you, who then can help you? Therefore in God let the faithful put their trust.
3:161 No prophet would rob his followers; for anyone that steals shall on the Day of Resurrection bring with him that which he has stolen. Then shall every soul be paid what it has earned: none shall be wronged.
3:162 Can the man who seeks to please God be compared to him who has incurred His wrath? Hell shall be his home, evil his fate.
3:163 Varied are the rewards of God. God is cognizant of all their actions.
3:164 God has surely been gracious to the faithful in sending them an apostle of their own to declare to them His revelations, to purify them, and to instruct them in the Book and in wisdom; for before that they were in monstrous error.
3:165 When a disaster befell you after you had yourselves inflicted losses twice as heavy, you exclaimed: 'Whose fault was that?' Say to them: 'It was your own fault. God has power over all things.
3:166 The misfortune which befell you when the two armies met was ordained by God, so that He might know the true believers
3:167 and know the hypocrites.' When they were told: 'Come, fight for the cause of God and defend yourselves,' they replied: 'If only we could fight, we would surely come with you. On that day they were nearer unbelief than faith. Their words belied their intentions: but God knew their secret thoughts.
3:168 Such were the men who, as they sat at home, said of their brothers: 'Had they listened to us, they would not have been slain.' Say to them: 'Ward off death from yourselves, then, if what you say be true!'
3:169 Never think that those who were slain in the cause of God are dead. They are alive, and well provided for by their Lord;
3:170 pleased with His gifts and rejoicing that those they left behind, who have not yet joined them, have nothing to fear or to regret;
3:171 rejoicing in God's grace and bounty. God will not deny the faithful their reward.
3:172 As for the men who after their defeat answered the call of God and the Apostle, those of them that do what is right and keep from evil shall be richly recompensed.
3:173 They are those who, on being told: 'Your enemies have mustered a great force against you: fear them,' grew more tenacious in their faith and replied: 'God's help is all–sufficient for us. He is the best protector.'
3:174 Thus did they earn God's grace and bounty, and no harm befell them. For they had striven to please God, and God's bounty is infinite.
3:175 It is Satan that prompts men to fear his followers. But have no fear of them. Fear Me, if you are true believers.
3:176 Do not grieve for those that quickly renounce their faith. In no way will they harm God. God intends to give them no share in the hereafter. Grievous punishment awaits them.
3:177 Those that barter their faith for unbelief will in no way harm God. Woeful punishment awaits them.
3:178 Let not the unbelievers think that We prolong their days for their own good. We give them respite only so that they may commit more grievous sins. Shameful punishment awaits them.
3:179 It was not God's aim to leave the faithful in their present plight, but only to separate the evil from the good. Nor was God to reveal to you what is hidden. But God chooses those of His Apostles whom He will. Therefore have faith in God and His Apostles, for if you have faith and guard yourselves against evil, your recompense shall be rich indeed.
3:180 Never let those who hoard the wealth which God has bestowed on them out of His bounty think it good for them: indeed it is an evil thing for them. The riches they have hoarded shall become their fetters on the Day of Resurrection. It is God who will inherit the heavens and the earth. God is cognizant of all your actions.
3:181 God has heard the words of those who said: 'God is poor, but we are rich.' Their words We will record, and their slaying of the prophets unjustly. We shall say: 'Taste now the torment of the Conflagration.
3:182 Here is the reward of your misdeeds. God is not unjust to His servants.'
3:183 To those that declare: 'God has commanded us to believe in no apostle unless he brings down fire to consume an offering,' say: 'Other apostles before me have come to you with veritable signs and worked the miracle you asked for. Why did you slay them, if what you say be true?'
3:184 If they reject you, other apostles have been rejected before you, although they came with veritable signs, psalms, and the light–giving Scriptures.
3:185 Every soul shall taste death. You shall receive your rewards only on the Day of Resurrection. Whoever is spared the Fire and is admitted to Paradise will surely triumph; for the life of this world is nothing but a fleeting vanity.
3:186 You shall be sorely tried in the matter of your possessions and your persons, and will hear much that is hurtful from those who were given the Scriptures before you, and from the pagans. But if you endure with fortitude and guard yourselves against evil, you will surely triumph.
3:187 When God made a covenant with those to whom the Scriptures were given He said: 'Proclaim these to mankind and do not suppress them.' But they cast the Scriptures over their backs and sold them for a paltry price. Evil was their bargain.
3:188 Never think that those who rejoice in their misdeeds and wish to be praised for what they have not done –– never think they will escape the scourge. Woeful punishment awaits them.
3:189 God has sovereignty over the heavens and the earth. God has power over all things.
3:190 In the creation of the heavens and the earth, and in the alternation of night and day, there are signs for men of sense;
3:191 those that remember God when standing, sitting, and lying down, and reflect on the creation of the heavens and the earth, saying: 'Lord, You have not created this in vain. Glory be to You! Save us from the torment of the Fire.
3:192 Lord, those whom You will cast into the Fire You will put to eternal shame: none will help the evil–doers.
3:193 Lord, we have heard someone calling to the true faith, saying: Believe in your Lord, and we believed. Lord, forgive us our sins and remove from us our evil deeds and make us die with the righteous.
3:194 Lord, grant us what You promised through Your apostles, and do not hold us up to shame on the Day of Resurrection. You never break Your promise.'
3:195 Their Lord answers them, saying: 'I will deny no man or woman among you the reward of their labours. You are the offspring of one another.' Those that fled their homes or were expelled from them, and those that suffered persecution for My sake and fought and were slain: I shall forgive them their sins and admit them to gardens watered by running streams, as a recompense from God; God dispenses the richest recompense.
3:196 Do not be deceived by the fortunes of the unbelievers in the land.
3:197 Their prosperity is brief. Hell shall be their home, an evil resting–place.
3:198 As for those that fear their Lord, theirs shall be gardens watered by running streams in which they will abide for ever, and a goodly welcome from God. God's recompense is surely better for the righteous.
3:199 Some there are among the People of the Book who truly believe in God, and in what has been revealed to you and what was revealed to them. They humble themselves before God and do not sell God's revelations for a trifling price. These shall be rewarded by their Lord. Swift is God's reckoning.
3:200 Believers, be patient and forebear. Stand firm in your faith and fear God, so that you may triumph.


   


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